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Mass taking pictures at Nigeria church kills dozens, says native lawmaker

Attackers stormed into the church within the metropolis of Owo and started “shooting sporadically,” Adeyemi Olayemi, the legislator representing the Owo constituency within the Ondo State House of Assembly, informed CNN.

At least 28 individuals had been killed, Olayemi stated.

“The attackers came in motorcycles and started shooting sporadically,” he stated. “They killed many people inside the church.”

Victims are being are taken to Federal Medical Center in Owo, Olayemi stated.

State police couldn’t verify the overall variety of casualties at St. Francis Catholic Church, a police spokesperson informed CNN, nor might they determine these behind the assault.

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu stated he was “shocked” by the assault and referred to as it a “black Sunday in Owo.”

“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, today,” he stated on Twitter, including that “the vile and satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.”

The governor vowed to “commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay.”

“We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals,” he continued, asking the general public to not “take the laws into your hands.”

“I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I have equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom,” Akeredolu wrote.

Lethal assaults by motorbike-riding gangs are uncommon in southwestern Nigeria. Such assaults are extra widespread in swathes of the nation’s north, which is consistently beneath siege by Boko Haram terrorists and marauding gunmen recognized domestically as ‘bandits.’
The Owo church assault comes one week after one other church tragedy, when 31 individuals had been killed and others injured throughout a stampede at a church occasion within the southeastern Nigerian metropolis of Port Harcourt.

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